Manchester City will reject ANY Arsenal attempt to sign John Stones in January while Mikel Areta seeks reinforcements to repair the losing defense
- The former Man City n. 2 Mikel Arteta was connected with a move for John Stones
- But it is clear that City has no intention of selling players in this window
- And certainly not defenders after fighting in that department this season
- Pep Guardiola was forced to play midfielder Fernandinho in central defense
Manchester City will resist any attempt by Arsenal to sign John Stones in the January transfer window.
Mikel Arteta, former city n. 2, was linked to a move for the England defender after being appointed head of Arsenal last month.
But it is clear that City has no intention of selling players in this window and certainly not defenders after fighting in that department for most of the season.
Manchester City will resist any attempt by Arsenal to sign John Stones in the January window
The former Man City n. 2 Mikel Arteta was connected with a move by the England defender
Pep Guardiola was forced to play Fernandinho in central defense after City lost Manchester United in the run for Harry Maguire last summer and Aymeric Laporte suffered a serious knee injury in August.
Laporte has recently returned to training but Guardiola still needs Stones as his team continues to compete in four competitions.
The 25-year-old has struggled through injury and loss of form this season, starting just nine Premier League games and making a Champions League appear on the bench.
He raised concerns about Stones’ England position ahead of Euro 2020, with Gareth Southgate excited about his players starting for their clubs.
Although his future is likely to be re-examined in the summer, four years after a £ 47.5 million transfer from Everton, he will not be allowed to leave this month.
Pep Guardiola (left) was forced to play midfielder Fernandinho (right) in central defense